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What kind of garden do you get with a new build home?

Some new build home properties include a professionally designed and landscaped garden, but that’s not the standard.

Most homebuyers will have to handle all stages of the setup, planting, and maintenance themselves. While not difficult, planting and tending your own garden does require you to follow certain key steps if you want a lush and colourful output that the neighbours will envy.

Assess the Site

Before visiting the shops, decide what kind of garden you want. Flowers? Greenery such as shrubs and trees? A vegetable garden or fruit orchard? Then examine the lawns themselves. If they are poorly laid, defects will appear, usually during the winter melt. If you see signs of waterlogging, it may be necessary to install drainage. You may even have to lift all of the existing turf, prepare the site properly, and then relay it.

Improve the Soil

New developments don’t always have a soil profile that is conducive to planting. This is because the existing topsoil is usually removed before building commences, and then the exposed subsoil is compacted by construction traffic. When new soil is finally brought in to landscape the site, it merely covers aggregates and debris. You may have to double-dig the entire garden to break up compacted subsoil and and remove debris. Because the soil surrounding new builds is typically low in nutrients, it is also a good idea to spread organic matter and /or fertiliser over it.

Design and Plan a New Build Home Garden

Create a scale drawing of the plot before measuring out the area using pegs and a tape measure. Some form of design is recommended to ensure that the garden layout and features are proportionate to each other and aesthetically pleasing. At some point you may want to hire a professional garden designer who will produce a plan based on the garden’s intended use, the style you prefer, and any physical limitations of the site.

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Hard Landscaping Considerations

If you decide to erect a fence to increase privacy, consider the height beforehand, as planning permission is required for fences over 1.8m. Other hard landscaping considerations include attractive and environmentally-friendly materials for off-street car parking and professionally installed retainer walls if your site slopes.

Planting Considerations

An important part of a successful new build home garden is selecting the right plants for the right environment. When choosing plants, let the site and soil determine which varieties you work with. Do you need plants that are better in wet soil? Clay soil? Will they be exposed to plenty of shade? Do they need to be drought-resistant?

You also want to consider where and when you want interest or colour to appear in the garden. Certain types of shrubbery, for example, add interest throughout the seasons.

Equal consideration should be given to which trees you select. There are many trees that are excellent choices for small gardens. These should be acquired and planted as young specimens for maximum integration success. Windbreaks and hedges may also be advisable to provide privacy, shelter, and/or structure.

 

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